The math placement test is an on-line test designed to assess a student’s mathematical preparedness for college-level mathematics and is used by the Learning Center, the Registrar’s Office, and a student’s adviser in assigning GMC students to the appropriate starting math course based upon their comprehension of mathematical skills and concepts. The score on the placement test is compared with the student’s SAT and/or ACT score for a more accurate assessment. The use of calculators is not permitted.
The following new students are required to take the GMC math placement exam:
- Students who scored below a 500 on the math portion of the SATs or below a 22 on the math portion of the ACTs.
- Students who did not report a math SAT or ACT score and did not transfer in appropriate math credits.
Students who scored a 500 or higher on the math portion of the SATs or a 22 or higher on the math portion of the ACTs may opt to take the GMC math placement exam if they believe they are ready for a higher-level math course.
The placement levels are as follows:
|Mastered||Not-yet-mastered||ACT Score||SAT Score||Other Qualifications||Placement Class|
|Level 1||Undetermined||Pre Algebra||< 18||< 450||None||CLC 0999|
|Level 2||Pre - Algebra||Intermediate Algebra||18 - 21||450 - 490||None||ELA 1104|
|Level 3||Intermediate Algebra||Pre-Calculus||22 - 25||500 - 580||B in Algebra II in last year||ELA 1105
|Level 4||Pre-Calculus||Calculus I||>25||> 580||B in Pre-Calc in last year||ELA 2105
ELA 1104 Enhanced QEA
ELA 1105 Quant. Env. Analysis
ELA 1106 Game Systems & Sustainability
MAT 1013 Pre-Calculus
MAT 1015 Intro to Statistics
ELA 2105 Advanced QEA
MAT 1031 Calculus
Recommended courses for each level are as follows:
Level 1*: Students placing at this level must successfully complete Beginning College Math (CLC 0999) prior to moving to Level 2 and taking Enhanced Quantitative Environmental Analysis to satisfy their ELA math requirement.
Level 2: Students placing at this level should take Enhanced Quantitative Environmental Analysis (ELA 1104) which will satisfy their ELA math requirement. After completing E-QEA, they may take any 1000-level math course.
Level 3: Students placing at this level may take any 1000-level math class with the exception of Calculus I and II.
Level 4: Students placing at this level may take Calculus I (MAT 1031) or Calculus II (MAT 1032) or a higher-level ELA math class.
Any questions regarding preparedness for a particular math course should be directed to Director of Quantitative Literacy, Kenneth Mulder (email@example.com) or to the Calhoun Learning Center (summer only).
*College credit is not awarded for the successful completion of Pre-Algebra. This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis (passing is a 70% (C-) or better.)
Studying for Placement Exam
We encourage students to study for the Math Placement Exam, especially by reviewing their most recent math courses. Sample exam questions are provided for student use below. Not all problem types/difficulty levels are represented by the sample exam problems. It is suggested that prospective students use other resources available to them to study for the placement exam including textbooks from previous math courses. It is suggested that students study without a calculator since calculator use is not allowed during the exam.
Math Placement Exam Retake Policy
Students may retake the math placement exam once in an attempt to improve their math placement level. Retakes are scheduled twice each semester (once prior to the last day to add a course and once just prior to registration.) Students signing up to retake the exam will be given access to the Moodle site that houses the exam and will have a one-week window in which to complete the exam. Students must contact the Learning Center if interested in signing up to retake the math placement exam.
For general information please contact the Learning Center at 287-8287